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Did You Know?
   "Prairie Pointer" is a popular name for newsletters, newspapers - even a quilting tool! We most often think of "Prairie" as being somewhere in Kansas or Oklahoma. But this area was once largely prairie land before the fir forests encroached.
    So the name was apt for our first local Prairie Pointer, originally a newspaper started in 1943 in the basement of Pacific Lutheran University's Chapel in Parkland by Elmer Beard. Beard offered "national and local news to the locality" until his PP merged with other local papers for a broader regional focus.

Source: From Wilderness to Suburbia: An Illustrated History of Parkland, Washington; Richard D. Osness, 1976.
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